Cardinals release star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins after three seasons


Star NFL wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, ending his three-season tenure with the organization, the team announced.

Hopkins’ future in Arizona is up in the air after the end of the 2022 season when the Cardinals make a general manager change and head coach.

Arizona Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins (10) talks to a referee against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Empower Field at Mile High on Dec. 18, 2022 in Denver, Colo. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

five times Pro Bowler There is also a $22.6 million dead cap hit, which the Cardinals will take on next season, according to NFL Network.

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On a recent appearance on the “I Am Athlete” podcast, Hopkins opened up about what he looks for in a franchise’s front office.

“That’s what I want Fixed management above. I think that’s something that I didn’t really have in the last few years of my career until I came to Arizona from Houston. I’ve been through three to four GMs in my career,” Hopkins said.

“A QB who loves the game, a QB who gets everybody on board with him, pushes not only himself but the people around him. I don’t need a great QB. I want this subpar. Done with the QB. Just a QB that loves. The game like I do. And a great defense. I think defense wins championships.

“For me, it is. Great management, a QB who loves the game and a great defense.”

DeAndre Hopkins vs. Chargers

DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium on Nov. 27, 2022 in Glendale, Ariz. (Normal Hall/Getty Images)

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New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens And the Buffalo Bills are reportedly interested in pursuing Hopkins, according to ESPN.

Hopkins was acquired by the Cardinals in a blockbuster trade in 2020 Houston Texans and was a Pro Bowler in his first season at Arizona.

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DeAndre Hopkins plays against the Patriots

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins during a game at State Farm Stadium Dec. 12, 2022 in Glendale, Ariz. (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

Over the last three seasons, Hopkins has 221 catches for 2,696 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Hopkins was suspended for the first six games of the 2022 NFL season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy but still managed to lead the Cardinals in receiving yards (717), adding three touchdowns in nine games. remained

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report

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